Comchest Fudai Packing, sending our best wishes

Fu Dai packing, bringing warmth to others

Comchest Fudai Packing, checkout our busy kids in action.
It was me and the boys last year but 2017 (link) is whole family affair 🙂

Comchest Fudai packing is a meaningful project. Besides charity and giving back to community, Fudai(福袋) packing activity offers a good bonding opportunity for families 🙂

Kids understand the importance of teamwork, as everyone need to chip in to get the work done. (Video Link)

At expo, volunteers gathered, we got thousands of bags to pack and deliver.

Everone man a different section, be it wrapping, conveyor belt (packing) and even garang-guni (flattening the cardboards :p ).

I did not count the number of bags, but I know we work FAST!

The bags are about 8 kg each, kudos to the little ones for dragging the bags into our car.

Final mile, delivering Fudai 福袋 to the less fortunate. We hope each bag will bring some smiles and warmth to families 🙂
I hope these positive actions will also let kids pick up empathy.

Good work kids! Proud of you guys 🙂

Thank you to ComChest for the meaningful invite, we hope to repeat this activity again. Click to read our 2016 Feb experience.

*Some of the photos above credit Comchest.

How to Stay Prepared in an emergency

Sometimes, Daddy acts paranoid and wonder whether we know how to react during a crisis. How do we Stay Prepared?

If the adults are not prepared, what more the kids?

Recently, Temasek Cares distributed “Stay Prepared” bundles (N95 masks and emergency contact numbers) to all homes. We are expecting Indonesia’s Haze to return.

Singapore free n95 masks

What happens when a fire breakout? A lift breakdown?
Do we know which number to dial?
Do kids know how (and where) to shout for help?

Fire Escape HDB
Emergency number lift

More crisis scenarios.

How many of us have experience water and food rationing before?
Do we know where is the nearest bomb shelter (MRT)?
(are you really going to hide in your HDB bomb shelter?)

The Little India riot shows how helpless we can be.
Do we wait for riot police to control the situation?
Do we listen for latest updates on FM radio or TV channel?
What if our TV network is down?

Too many IFs ! We need an Emergency checklist.

It is up to us parents to raise our kids’ safety awareness.
If we adults do not know how to Stay Prepared for an emergency, the kids would be worse off.

Here are some of the basic things which we teach our kids :

1) In the event of a fire.
– evacuate everyone outside
– ask neighbours to call 995
– if fire is huge, head for staicase escape route, walk down the stairs

Kids must know where are the keys, and tall enough to open the doors and run outside.
(We have to assume that adults might be unconscious)

Video : Dry run – Kids walking down HDB staircase

2) Do we know what to do if someone suffers a burn, cut or fall?
Do we know how to apply first aid? (Boon Kang’s bad fall)

Ideally, someone in the home is trained with First Aid. This life saving skill can be helpful in a community.
Where to learn first aid

We need to improve our civic mindfulness too. Some of us have the “not my business” or “someone will do it” mentality. We often heard stories of how vehicles refuse to give way to ambulances !

Video : Look at how Germany give way to emergency services

More information about First Aid
SCDF courses (Learn about First AID, CPR, AED)
– refer poster above, do check with your RC or CC whether they have First Aid awareness courses
Rapid Rescue App, sends a signal to the nearest First Aider (not available for Android)

3) Do we have a First Aid box at home?
Do we know what to keep inside a First Aid box?
Where to buy First Aid box

4) Besides the First Aid box, an Emergency Grab Bag will come in useful too.
More about Stay Prepared campaign.

During a war, or terrorist attack, how do we respond? How do we keep in contact?
Some of the things which we take for granted :
– torchlight
– FM radio
– can opener (during Reservist, we realised cocktails cans are useless without the can opener!)
– batteries!

Sometimes, we always assume that Somehow Someone will know Something!
(or worse, government will handle everything)

If we parents are not prepared, who will protect our family?
http://www.stayprepared.sg/about-stay-prepared-starter-kits.html
http://www.e101.gov.sg/
http://www.scdf.gov.sg/content/scdf_internet/en/community-and-volunteers/community-preparedness/community-programmes/ready-bag.html

How to go to Fire Station open house

– Every Sat from 9 to 11am, do pop by your neighbourhood Fire Stations open house. Take the opportunity to educate the kids about safety awareness (our Fire station visit)

Blood Donation anyone?

Blood Donation

Daddy started his blood donation during his army days.
And since then, he has tried to donate every three months.

The common questions about blood donation :
– Is it painful?
– I am scared of needles
– I am scared at the sight of blood (you will be surprised but females are affected too)

For some of us, the questionnaire might be awkward, as the questions are personal and designed to probe your personal health. After all, no one wish to donate “tainted” blood (even when we have the best of intentions). Questions about your sexual health, travel patterns, need to be ascertained (online questionnaire)

Daddy and his 450ml of bloody O+ goodness, his 40th donation 🙂
blood donation Frequency

In a few simple steps, your precious blood will be collected. You can pop by this link to find out who is eligible to be a blood donor, read about collection process and safety measures.

On the actual day :
1. Fill in a questionnaire (can be done online too) – 10min
2. Medical examination – 10min
3. Blood test (haemoglobin level) – 5 min
4. Actual Blood donation – 10min plus (depending on individuals)

The most important question for ourselves, why do we wish to donate in the first place?
where do donated blood go

About 10% of our blood will be harvested, and donors are advised to refrain from strenuous exercise within 24 hours. Our blood supply will be replenished in a matter of days.

Everyone can help.

More tips about blood donation :
– you can book an appointment at this link
– Donors must wait 12 weeks before the next donation
– you can choose to donate at Bloodband (HSA Outram, Woodland or Dhoby Ghaut), or the mobile locations

** Everything you need to know about Blood Donation, click here. Is it safe?
– Book your next appointment here.

Blood donation Dhoby Ghaut

After you are comfortable with blood donation, you might wish to consider apheresis (platelets or plasma) or register as a bone marrow donor (Daddy donated his bone marrow in 2002 to another child)

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